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on July 17, 2004
Highway to Hell is considered by many to be AC/DC's best work. I agree that it is their best with Bon Scott but not their best overall.
AC/DC again explored some bluesey riffs on Walk All Over You and Night Prowler but they had honed the skill since 1976's Dirty Deeds. Don't get me wrong this is a heavy album. One of their heaviest. The songwriting is excellent the Young brothers' guitar work is crisp and clean and Scott's vocals are delivered with his trademark snarl.
This is an outstanding album and should be a staple in any hard rock/metal fans collection.
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on May 27, 2004
AC/DC's final effort with singer Bon Scott, and their 4th album release (not counting the Australian versions of T.N.T. and High Voltage) is AC/DC's finest album of all time. What makes it so good is new producer John "Mutt" Lange, who improved Bon Scott's vocal sound, making it raw and raspy. He really took a leap above Vanda and Young's producing with this album- he really made the "gang" choruses sung by Malcolm and Cliff more prominent. This is what made a great album even better, in my opinion. The slick production. The songs are great, too, including their radio hit "Highway to Hell", and others such as "Shot Down In Flames" and "Girls Got Rhythm". "If You Want Blood (You've Got It)" is also a great tune with a nice chorus. Not really a weak track on here. All killer, no filler. AC/DC sounds their wildest on this album and Bon sounds like a madman! His lyrics on here still haven't lost any of their bite. And soon after this album Bon died, which is a sad thing, because even though AC/DC was great with Brian Johnson, they were even better with Bon. It was a sad and dissapointing thing, his death. And for this new Digipak reissue and remaster, it is great. I have the LP version and this sounds just as great, if not better. The sound is crisp, with good bass and drum sounds. It also comes with a 16 page booklet with liner notes and rare photos from the band. It's too bad the booklet dosn't come with lyrics for all the songs, but you can easily find them on the internet. for the digipak, it wears easily, but looks nice and is very attractive. This album is a excellent first choice for those new to AC/DC, and a must own veteran fans of the band (who most likely already have it in some form or another) Happy listening, and Malcolm rocks!
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on May 13, 2004
Australian hard rockers AC/DC released their album Highway to Hell in July of 1979. This was the first of three albums that AC/DC would work with producer Robert John Mutt Lange and coincidentally the band's first Top 20 charting and Platinum selling album here in the US. Ironically, Highway was the last album with the late Bon Scott before he died in February of 1980 after a long night of drinking. The album is pure AC/DC. Every track is great. You get the rock radio staples of the title cut, Girls Got Rhythm and Shot Down in Flames. Other highlights include If You Want Blood(a song named after their live album from 1978), Shot Down in Flames and Walk All Over You. One of the best song's on the album is Love Hungry Man which is somewhat of an overlooked gem in the AC/DC repertoire. The last track is the spooky Night Prowler which caused controversy when an AC/DC hat was worn by "the Night Stalker", a murderer who used AC/DC as a scapegoat for his evils. The song, ironically enough, was about what teenagers used to do, sneak out of their windows to their boyfriend/girlfriend's house whilst the parents were asleep. Bon was at his best on his last album. You really have to listen to whats not played on the radio to understand how great he was. Today, the album still sounds competent in 2004 with its digitally remastered edition.
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on June 20, 2004
Australian hard rockers AC/DC released their album Highway to Hell in July of 1979. This was the first of three albums that AC/DC would work with producer Robert John Mutt Lange and coincidentally the band's first Top 20 charting and Platinum selling album here in the US. Ironically, Highway was the last album with the late Bon Scott before he died in February of 1980 after a long night of drinking. The album is pure AC/DC. Every track is great. You get the rock radio staples of the title cut, Girls Got Rhythm and Shot Down in Flames. Other highlights include If You Want Blood(a song named after their live album from 1978), Shot Down in Flames and Walk All Over You. One of the best song's on the album is Love Hungry Man which is somewhat of an overlooked gem in the AC/DC repertoire. The last track is the spooky Night Prowler which caused controversy when an AC/DC hat was worn by "the Night Stalker", a murderer who used AC/DC as a scapegoat for his evils. The song, ironically enough, was about what teenagers used to do, sneak out of their windows to their boyfriend/girlfriend's house whilst the parents were asleep. Bon was at his best on his last album. You really have to listen to whats not played on the radio to understand how great he was. Today, the album still sounds competent in 2004 with its digitally remastered edition.
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on December 13, 2009
This is one of AC/DC's CDs where Bon Scott is STILL lead singer. Heaven knows how many fans dumped "AC/DC", after Brian took over the lead singer reigns. If you did stop buying their stuff after Bon died, it's a shame, since their music is just as good or better, with Brian at the helm. However, only YOU may make that choice! Van Horn!
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on October 30, 2012
Back in Black not withstanding, this is an outstanding work and, regrettably, the final appearance by Bon Scott. One cannot say enough that can describe how good this album is. While Mutt Lang's production values are slick, they don't hide the amazing rawness of early AC/DC's sound and the strength of their musicianship and showmanship. I don't think that AC/DC every rocked this hard ever again.
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on December 24, 2001
Highway To Hell was Bon's last album with the band before his death. By this time AC/DC was already becoming a big hit all over the world so when the album came out it was a massive hit. Although the album only seems to carry one hit that being the title track HIGHWAY TO HELL it contains a bunch of other over the edge tunes that would never pass as filler!
GIRLS GOT RHYTHM has an excellent beat and WALK ALL OVER YOU is a AC/DC classic. TOUCH TO MUCH is a great hard rock song. BEATING AROUND THE BUSH has an awesome guitar riff and SHOT DOWN IN FLAMES is a pure classic. GET IT HOT is weaker than the rest particularily because of it length but none the less is an awesome effort. IF YOU WANT BLOOD YOU GOT IT goes along the same lines as SHOT DOWN IN FLAMES. LOVE HUNGRY MAN is good but not great and NIGHT PROWLER is a creepy closer.
Overall I believe this is AC/DC best album. Many say BACK IN BLACK takes it but I would have to go with this classic. It is just a little more lively than it's successor. Highly recommended! One of my favourite albums ever!
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on April 26, 2001
Highway to Hell is not only a classic album but it's one of the greatest of all time. This is AC/DC's last album with original singer Bon Scott before his death. The band is in top form on this album, the rhythm section of Phil Rudd and Cliff Williams is very solid, and rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young plays the perfect rhythm parts to compliment his bother Angus' amazing leads. The songs on Highway to Hell are pure heavy metal, so if you don't like metal, don't bother even looking for this cd. All of the songs stick to the same format as all of AC/DC's music has for the last 27 years, straightforward upbeat metal. This album features one of AC/DC's most well known songs, Highway to Hell. There are also many fan favorites on this album such as Girls Got Rhythm, Shot Down in Flames, Night Prowler, and my personal favorite off this album, If You Want Blood (You've Got It). The less well know songs such as Walk All Over You, Get It Hot, and Touch Too Much are also great. This is an excellent album reccommended to anyone.
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on March 9, 2003
"Highway To Hell", released in 1979 was lead singer Bonn Scott's last album with AC/DC due to his untimely death. The album was a landmark for AC/DC and included their first ever radio hit (in the U.S.) in "Highway To Hell". The album is a hard rock lover's dream, with big power chords, lead breaks and powerful vocals. The songs that standout on this release (which make up for more than half the album) are the title track "Highway To Hell", "Girls Got Rhythm", "Shot Down In Flames", "Get It Hot", "If You Want Blood (You've Got It)", "Walk All Over You", and "Touch Too Much". This newly remastered cd which is now under the Epic label sounds much better than the older 1994 remastered version. The bottom end, mid-range and output level have all been increased dramatically. I've actually compared the two and found this new release to be the superior of the two. The digipak that holds the cd is very attractive and includes a booklet with colorful photos, etc. If you enjoy groups such as Judas Priest, UFO, Def Leppard, Krokus, Scorpions, etc. than you'll won't be disappointed with "Highway To Hell".
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on June 1, 2003
"Highway to Hell" is the final album AC/DC recorded with singer Bon Scott, and for many listeners (myself included), it's the best record they made before his death. I remember seeing the album cover for the first time when I was a kid and being intrigued by the fake devil's horns poking out of Angus Young's head. It was enough to let me know that this wasn't going to be any ordinary album, and the music confirmed that belief. The opening title track is one of the group's signature hits, known for Young's brash guitars and Bon Scott's abrasive scream. It's a song of pure defiance and rebellion, and it got the attention of many religious groups and the PMRC, who would accuse AC/DC of promoting Satanism (yeah, right). Other noteworthy tracks are the fast-paced "Walk Over You," the catchy "Touch Too Much" and "Shot Down in Flames." This is the remastered and repackaged version, and as with virtually all of the Sony AC/DC reissues, there are no bonus tracks. However, there's a booklet containing some interesting color photos of the band, and it comes in a nice Digipak case. Diehard fans who already have prior versions of "Highway to Hell" should debate on their own whether to get the same album twice, but if you're new to AC/DC, this edition is the sure way to go. I'm not sure if I would exactly call "Highway to Hell" a classic (1980's "Back in Black" gets that honor), but it sure comes awfully close.
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